Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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This is Yoochun! Everyone, how are you? Well, recently I’ve been busy in Korea filming the drama, and we are on the concert tour, too. Since we have only a few chances to go to Japan, maybe everyone, you Japanese fans may think that “Should Yoochun and JYJ remember us?” We are very thankful, and we like to go meet the Japanese fans as soon as possible. This time, I was casted in the drama called “(Miss) Ripley”, and I would appreciate your many supports! From, Yoochun.

T/N: Mnet Japan is broadcasting "Miss Ripley" from Aug 13. Please check the details here.

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It has become known that Ji Sung – Choi Kanghee and Kim Jaejoong – Wang Jihye of Protect the Boss are friends who are of the same age.

in the SBS TV’s Wed-Thursday drama Protect the Boss, Ji Sung is playing Cha Jihun, the director of headquarters who is a trouble-maker and Choi Kanghee is playing Noh Eunsul, who becomes a secretary even though a member of the “poor youth” generation. Further, Kim Jaejoong is in charge of the role of Cha Muwon, the Prince of the Financial World and Wang Jihye is in charge of the role of Seo Nayun, a sophisticated city woman.

In particular, Ji Sung and Choi Kanghee are of the same age, both being born in 1977. Kim Jaejoong and Wang Jihye were born in January of 1986 and December of 1985 respectively, and thus are friends who are of the same age.

About this, the production crew introduced: “Our Boss team has Ji Sung – Choi Kanghee and Kim Jaejoong – Wang Jihye share the same age. Thanks to that, we were able to show off an excellent team work and good collaborative acting to the degree of receiving the envy of other teams, and thus receive much love from the viewers also.”

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Sexual overtones, lack of diversity among challenges to overcome

Since the Korean pop music idol group’ concerts in June in Paris, the K-pop industry is leading a second Korean Wave around the globe. This is the last installment of the two-part series of articles looks at the bright and dark sides of K-pop, respectively. ― Ed.

The K-pop boom and the popularity of Korean idols are often attributed to Korean entertainment agencies’ tough training that nurtures talented aspirants and turns them into global idol stars.

However, what one person might see as “passion and devotion” for practicing singing and dancing for long hours every day can be viewed by another as “exploitation” of young aspirants by management agencies.

Girl group KARA, who were once embroiled in a dispute with their management agency over a contract, performs at the 2011 Korean Music Wave Festival at the Incheon Munhak Stadium on Aug. 13. (Incheon Tourism Organization)

As more K-pop idol groups perform overseas and become exposed to the international entertainment business, hidden sides of the K-pop in terms of harsh labor conditions will surface, one critic said.

“When they (Korean idols) go overseas, the first thing they will see is the different perspectives on their work. Those considered as a typical practices in Korea are not really typical practices overseas. If your contract says you’ll work only eight hours a day, you don’t work longer than that overseas,” pop music critic Cha Woo-jin said.

“In Korea, part-timers in the entertainment industry work as if they were ‘volunteering.’ They often travel to remote areas and stay the night frequently without extra pay. But in advanced countries, employers’ contracts with part-timers are strictly adhered to. Otherwise, employers can be sued and fined.”

The tight performance schedule of Girls’ Generation in June led many fans of the girl group and Internet users to wonder how the group managed to cope.

According to the official schedule disclosed on the group’s website, Girls’ Generation’s concerts and entertainment activities were as follows: “MJ presents special” on June 8; “Samsung Taiwan Anniversary” on June 9; “SM Town in Paris” on June 10-11; “NHK Music Japan” on June 12; a five-day break; “Japan Arena Tour” in Tokyo on June 17-18; “MTV VMAJ Fan Meeting” in Chiba on June 25 and another “Japan Arena Tour” in Tokyo on June 28-29. The nine members of the girl group have not complained about the schedule, though.

The tight schedule for performances and events was the major cause for former TVXQ members taking legal action against S.M. Entertainment. Junsu, Yuchun and Jejung ― who later split off to form JYJ ― had claimed in a 2009 lawsuit that they were forced to perform too many shows under an excessively long 13-year contract.

An entertainment industry insider, however, asked why people think training an athlete and training a singer are different.

“Korean people don’t raise issues with tough training and long workout hours of a national sports star striving for a gold medal. Why can’t K-pop stars be regarded as the same?” said an industry insider who requested anonymity.

“The hard and tough training system is the driving force of the K-pop boom.”

Sexualizing K-pop teens is another frequently raised issue.

Kim Su-a said in her book “Idol: Culture Report on Idols from H.O.T. to Girls’ Generation,” that Korean male fans of girl groups call themselves “samchon fan” (uncle fan) to justify sexualizing teen idols.

“Setting a family-like relationship with the idols effectively blocks criticism that they love them because they want to actually touch and hold them,” the writer said.

Will Cote, a 28-year-old lecturer at Sungkyul University, raised issues with what the expatriate called the “superficial appearances and robotic dances” of the K-pop idol groups.

“Why I’m not interested in K-pop? I don’t like the sexual overtones in it. I don’t like the dancing,” Cote said.

“To me, it sounds all the same and pretty superficial.”

He added that K-pop bands seemed to have been created by entertainment agencies to make money and that they only appeal to teenage groups.

“I’d rather call trot music more Korean. It’s old-fashioned but I like music to have deeper meanings to it,” he said.

Lack of diversity in terms of musical genre is another challenge that K-pop needs to overcome, experts say. When people refer to K-pop, the music of indie bands, folk singers and rock groups is still excluded from the discussion.

Although there were some bands holding a showcase in Japan or in Southeast Asia recently, the proportion of such rock bands is only a fraction of K-pop idol groups who have a strong impact and presence in the global market.

On the Gaon Chart, the national Korean pop chart, almost half of the top 100 songs in July were by idol groups. The rest were either cover versions featured in the MBC reality show “I Am a Singer” or songs co-produced by hosts of the MBC program “Infinite Challenge.”

In terms of indie or rock music, only three songs by indie band 10 cm were on the list but that was because the group was featured in the MBC program “Infinite Challenge.”

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On September 17th, Space Shower TV Plus will air a special project “TOHOSHINKI SPECIAL”, broadcasting Tohoshinki’s music video collection. Below is the translation of a brief program preview on a TV guide magazine.


On Air: Saturday, September 17, 8:00-8:30pm

This year, Tohoshinki has returned as a duo of Changmin and Yunho. They released two great hit singles, “Why? (Keep Your Head Down)” in January and “Superstar” in July, which proved that they’ve grown even stronger. On September 28, their new album will be released. If you watch the new video clip of “B.U.T”, which will be included in the new album, you will be able to see the current Tohoshinki and discover that they are continuously evolving!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Q: Many Vietnamese fans want to know about the friendship between you and the 4D guys: Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and TOP. Jaejoong seems to be the closest to you among the 3?

A: They are truely my good friends in the entertainment industry. If time allows we'll go drinking and chit chat. However, for the time being, we all have our own plans/schedules (to take care of) hence there's no chance for us to meet up. I did contact Jaejoong via phone recently. And (nod nod) he is indeed my BFF.

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The hallyu wave has swept the Asian regions, and in the neighbouring Japan, there are some that are pro-hallyu, and those that are anti-hallyu. The Japanese weekly magazine “Flash” published an article stating that the South Korean stars were simply in Japan for the money, and also revealed the appearance fees of several “big players.”

According to Chosun Ilbo’s report today, Flash Weekly’s latest article pointed out that “It’s not just Fuji TV, but all the Japanese TV stations have become “Korean TV stations.” Korean stars are not coming because of their love for Japan, but for the money.”

The magazine used South Korean girl group Kara as an example, saying that in Korea, where illegal downloading is rampant, it would be a feat just to sell 100,000 copies of an album, but they managed to sell a shocking 500,000 copies in Japan, proving that they were (in Japan) for the money that could not have been earned in their own country.

For male group JYJ, the trio’s total guaranteed revenue is approximately 2 million yen for a performance in Korea, but when in Japan this sum becomes 20 million yen.

Flash Weekly also revealed a chart with the net worth of various South Korean artists.

This chart shows that the artist commanding the highest advertising fee is Jang Guen Suk. Early this year, Jang Geun Suk’s appearance fee was 40 million yen, but as his alcohol advertisements did well, his current value has “risen” to 90 million yen.

Also, the appearance fees for Kara and SNSD were 40 million yen and 30 million yen respectively at the start of the year, but both groups now command 50 million yen.

However, the value for male group TVXQ fell from 60 million yen at the start of the year, but still commands a value of 40 million yen. Male stars Bae Yong Jun and Lee Byun Hun command 50 million yen and above.

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Actress Kim Hye Su and group TVXQ had a secret meeting.

This meeting was for the cosmetics brand MISSHA’s advertisment shoot. Kim Hye Su and TVXQ spent an approximate 12 hours at the shooting location, sharing past stories.

Despite Kim Hye Su and TVXQ’s busy schedules, they showed no signs of fatigue during the shoot, and were further observed to show the look of top stars.

Upon knowing this, netizens said, “I’ve been looking forward to the three of them meeting”, “I’m curious to see how this ad will turn out” and other responses.

The advertisement featuring Kim Hye Sun as well as TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin is expected to be revealed next month.

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Images of Kim Jaejoong studying his script and acting for the SBS drama “Protect the Boss” was revealed, making him a “concept actor”

In “Protect the Boss,” whose ratings have surpassed 20%, Kim Jaejoong who plays the role of MD, studies his script and acting carefully, and showed perfect acting skills.

Recently, while shooting at a coffeehouse in Paju, Kim Jaejoong was seen studying his own acting via a mini camcorder, and this detailed study has attracted attention.

Kim Jaejoong said, “Observing (my acting) like this is very helpful towards the transition of feelings for the next scene. During shooting, no matter what, I have to study my own acting and seek advice from the other senior actors. “ After saying that, he started studying his script for the next scene, like a “model student.”

The production team said, “This is Kim Jaejoong’s first experience in acting for a long drama, and as someone who always wants to do his best, Kim Jaejoong had already been praised by other actors as “a concept actor with great acting potential” even before production started.”

It was also noted that after over a hundred fans discovered Kim Jaejoong’s shooting location, they swarmed to the coffeehouse to show their support, and shooting had to been suspended temporarily.

“Concept actor” Kim Jaejoong plays Cha Mu Won in “Protect the Boss” which airs on SBS every Wednesday and Thursday at 9.55pm.

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The team from SBS TV drama “Scent of a Woman” will be holding a concert.

This performance will be themed as the “Children’s Cancer Charity Concert” and will be held from 6.30pm on 11 September, at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena. Tickets will be sold from 6pm on 23 August.

The television production crew and JYJ’s management company C-JeS will be jointly organizing this concert, and participants include Kim Junsu, who participated in the “Scent of a Woman” OST and made a surprise appearance as a popular singer with the same name, as well as JK Kim Dong Wook, Lee Young Hyun (Big Mama) and others.

Also, the main cast of the drama Lee Dong Wook, Kim Seon Ah will also be greeting the audiences, and all proceeds from this concert will be donated to children who are suffering from cancer.

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The full video performance of “Intoxication” by JYJ member Kim Junsu has been revealed.

Kim Junsu made an appearance in episode 5 of SBS TV’s “Scent of a Woman” which was aired on 6 August. Playing a popular singer with the same name, Junsu, Kim Junsu had a one on one date with his fan Kim Seon Ah (Lee Yeon Jae)

It was especially the short clip of Kim Junsu’s performance of “Intoxication” from his fanmeeting that was aired, that aroused the fans’ interest. After the broadcast, netizens had requested via the “Scent of a Woman” website, “Please release the full version.”

Following which, SBS released the full version of “Intoxication” as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the fanmeeting on their website under the title “Episode 5, From the Junsu Fanmeeting.” Kim Junsu, who was dressed in a black suit showed an intense dance performance, and received a passionate response of the fans.

After seeing the broadcast, netizens said, “They finally showed the full version” “We finally get to see the full version of Intoxication” “I’m really thankful, Scent of a Woman jjang!” “Sexy Junsu” and other responses.

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From Youth To Adult

Tohoshinki, who restarted their activities again this year. It has been one and a half year since the last shoot at ViVi.
… Be it like this, it has been a long while, meeting them and the immaturity was no longer there. We had the chance to listen to the duo who have now stepped into adulthood, about their reminiscence and own evolvement…

About Love
The Basic Views Of Love, No Changes To Both Of Them

The most concerned is afterall the changes to your views of love. As compared from the past, was there any changes to the pursuit of love?

YH: I like cheerful girls and those who would seek my opinions. There isn’t much great changes to it but, recently I added on a “have to cook well” pre-equisite. But again, I love both Korean and Japanese cuisine. I think no matter what she made for me, as long as it is delicious, having such self-confidence!

CM: The pre-requisite for mine has never changed. To care about family, and more cheerful and optimistic than me, I like girls who look forward in life. I don’t think I will change in the future.

YH: My view on love won’t change as well, most probably. I think that it is important for guys to have a sense of responsibility. In the past, I have this strong thought of “wanting to date and get married no matter what”, but now, I think I would wait till I’m able to be responsible to her. It’s fine even if there’s no dating. I’ve changed to have such a thought. As compared to that I would want to work hard on my work instead. If I had some free time, then I would date. I’m not in a rush and it’s okay since I’m still young, thus it’s fine! I cast such a spell on myself. (laughs)

CM: When I was in my younger days, I have not much interest in girls as I feel that if I prioritised girls matter, I would not be able to attain much achievements. Though I am still retaining bits of such belief, I think I’ve changed for the better.

In the previous ViVi interview, Yunho said, “Because I don’t really understand girls thus was troubled.” How about now?

YH: I’m still not understanding. The most difficult to understand in this world is women. The longer time goes, the more difficult it is to understand… But on contrary, I think it is good too. I might discover a side that I did not know and even though it is a negative trait, it still feels refreshing.

CM: I don’t understand women~ From last time till now too. I don’t think I would in the future either. But I did not have the thought that if I understood, I would conclude it!

About Myself
Thanks to Changmin, I have become punctual and neat. (laughs)

ViVi did the following personality analysis for the both of them one and half year ago.
YH – Kindness 4, Methodicalness 1, Optimistic 5, Strong determination 3, Calmness 2
CM – Kindness 3, Methodicalness 3, Optimistic 2, Strong determination 3, Calmness 4

YH: For methodicalness, I think I am able to reach 2 points now, thanks to Changmin. That is because if I continue living my way being disorganized and messy, Changmin would hate it…

CM: The methodicalness of Yunho, it still has to be improved. (laughs) My change… in fact, for the 2 points in brightness, that was actually faked. I probably just able to reach 2 now. On the other hand for calmness, I think I’ve changed to 1. Because it is currently summer and I’m easily agitated when it’s hot. Thus when it reaches winter, I would return to what I used to be. (laughs)

Thinking back on the days when you all just debuted, which aspects did you changed the most?

YH: I think I became less easily worried. In the past, I will not allow myself to have any mistakes in dancing, but now I think the blunder could be an interesting tidbit isn’t it? I’ve changed to think this way. From a perfectionist to a free person. (laughs)

CM: For me, I’ve grown to slowly appreciate myself. In the past, I would critically self blame or throw tamtrum at myself.

YH: And Changmin, he used to be a person who would think to himself “What to do, what to do” upon any small problem. Recently he would discuss with me or the staffs. He has been working hard to be a more cheerful person and I think this is very good.

CM: If compared to the past, it probably is better. But what never changed was my intolerance. Although I am trying hard to…

About a-nation
a-nation is an event that could relay the history of Tohoshinki

By the time the october issue of ViVi is released, it would be a-nation’s final performance in Tokyo, right?

CM: It is a stage that we have been away for two years.

YH: a-nation is the event Tohoshinki has been participating since our newbie days. Its meaning, it is such an event that accounts the history and evolvement of Tohoshinki. In Tohoshinki’s song list, we have prepared a lot of songs that can heighten the spirits of everyone, thus please come and listen.

CM: Just like what YH said, a-nation is an evidence of Tohoshinki’s evolvement. Although we are still very scared of the heat, but when we were newbies, we stood and performed on that stage in bright daylight under the heat. But as we slowly evolved, we are able to stand on the stage in a cooler period of time at night. I am the happiest for this. (laughs) Thus, I think we are still able to give the best performance without losing to the hot summer.

YH: Whatever that we can think of, we will show it to everyone!

About New Album
Vocal, Atmosphere… Everything, have became more manly!

It has been two and a half years for the release of a new album?

YH: Yes., it’s been so long. We finally had a chance to let everyone hear about Tohoshinki’s album. I am happy.

CM: Not only the songs, but it’s a full atmospheric package. It is such an album that will be able to spread to everyone that we have become even more manly.

YH: The comparison of the music from before, it should be able to let others know that we have matured. Although there are a lot of dance songs, but not only these, there are also ballads and soul. It has a wide range of genres. In conclusion, it is an album that we are confident of. It is difficult to describe it clearly with only words. Therefore everyone, please do listen to this album as it contains everything that we had wanted to relay to everyone.

CM: You concluded it well! (laughs)

About Real Voice
The personality test from a year and a half ago, if we were to do it now!?

Previously we did a personality test, we are doing it again. What animal do you like?

YH: I like leopard. It has its own target and will work hard to reach its target. I think it is very cool.

CM: I like dog. It is gentle and cute, isn’t it?

In fact the reason for choosing the animal that you like, it’s not about the animal. It’s about yourselves and the traits where you wished to be praised by others.

CM: I’m gentle……? Ah ah ah ah~?

YH: Changmin is really cute and very gentle. (laughs) I think mine is rather accurate.

This test, we did it one and half year ago. Yunho chose the same answer then.

YH: Hm, no change.

Changmin said that he likes deer. The reason is that, “The neck is very long and has a beautiful svelte figure.” (laughs)

CM: In fact for this time, I was choosing my answer between dog and deer. Yup, I am still concerned with my slender neck….

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